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The Read Manchester BookBench Project 

Manchester City Council and the National Literacy Trust have joined forces with Wild in Art to bring their iconic BookBench sculptures to Manchester. 

The Read Manchester BookBench Project celebrates the city’s creativity and encourages children and adults to read for enjoyment. 

Schools are in the process of decorating a BookBench with designs inspired by books, novels, comics, poems and prose. Once decorated, the benches will be displayed in cultural hubs, leisure and shopping centres throughout Manchester. Many of the venues will host activities and events, and families will be able to discover the BookBenches by following a trail.  If you work at a public venue and would be interested in hosting a BookBench, please email

Over the coming months we will be sharing  more information about the BookBench designs and the trail across the city, so watch this space!

Reading for Enjoyment CPD

Enhancing and aligning with the creative process of decorating a BookBench, the Reading for Enjoyment training will enable teachers and support staff to:

  • engage with research and understand the benefits for pupils of reading for enjoyment
  • examine a range of approaches, including choosing and using a whole text
  • choose strategies for creating a community of readers in your schools
  • plan for embedding these successful approaches more widely across your school, evaluate the success of the strategies adopted and share learnings with colleagues

Thank you to everyone who has participated in this programme so far. If you have attended training you can access supporting materials and handout copies in the participants' area. Please email if you have any issues gaining access. 

Missed out on these sessions? We are running another session on 21 March 2017. Email for more information and book here

Find out more about the BookBench project

Download our leaflet with more information about the project.

Current participants

Access background resources, handouts and materials from the training.

Participants' area

The National Literacy Trust is a registered charity no. 1116260 and a company limited by guarantee no. 5836486 registered in England and Wales and a registered charity in Scotland no. SC042944.
Registered address: 68 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL.